Tribute to Pastor Graham West

Pastor Graham West was born and raised in a Christian family in Toowoomba, Queensland and was saved as a young child. After having completed his schooling through the state education system, he studied music at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (now the University of South Queensland). It was here that he met his wife Cathie. He graduated with a Diploma of Arts in Music in 1981 and obtained his Associate of Music on piano with the Australian Music Education Board in the same year.

After several years of piano teaching and working in the music industry, he believed the Lord was calling him to full time ministry. For this reason, in 1989 he moved with his family to Sydney, where he studied first with New Tribes Mission, before transferring to Sydney Bible Baptist College, where he gained his Bachelor of Theology in 1993.

The West family began ministry at Tamworth Bible Baptist Church in its 12th year, 1995.

Pastor West had a heart for soul-winning, a desire both to “preach the word” “in season” and “out of season”, and to emphasise personal holiness in his preaching and teaching. His previous experience in music also gave him a special burden to warn against the ungodly influence of rock music, including Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Pastor West regularly conducted seminars, both in Australia and overseas on this subject.

Pastor West went home to Glory on June 23, 2014, and his son James has now taken over as the new pastor.